HEADQUARTERS by Quentin Reynolds
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HEADQUARTERS

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To document the many activities which cross the blotter of New York City's police headquarters, Quentin Reynolds has closely tailed the career of Frank Phillips, who has worn his uniform well and is the most decorated active policeman on an undermanned force of 20,000. A working cop, Phillips- who looks like a ""choir boy"" has a quiet, quick intelligence, the courage which is a commonplace in this profession, and its patience- and he rose quickly from rookie cop to First Grade Detective and up, was instrumental in the final arrest of the elusive Legs Diamond. During the 20's and 30's Phillips built up his reputation as a great manhunter; brought the vicious killer Vincent Coll to book and Waxey Gordon; was active in the arrest of Willie Sutton after his Sing Sing break and his Corn Exchange hold-ups and earned a letter of testimonial from Willie who thought him a ""lot sharper than Mickey Spillane"". But these big criminal do not obscure the daily dozen on a copper's beat which takes in anything from petty and forgery to narcotics, arson and homicide; where a splinter of glass or the of a tire can be made to talk; and where the tireless vigilance of these policemen and policewomen help to protect the victims of an asphalt jungle... This policeman's lot, in the hands of a seasoned reporter, provides some lively annals of crime and will undoubtedly drag and net the audience of Courtroom.

Pub Date: April 25th, 1955
Publisher: Harper